Kathy Rus, of DK Rus Law, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 4 Carroll Business Network monthly networking event at Tony's Japanese Restaurant in Eldersburg. The topic was common legal pitfalls that small businesses face and how to avoid them. Twenty-one local business owners and employees were in attendance. Trembling Giant Marketing hosts this event the first Monday of every month. Next month's meeting will be March 4, with guest speaker Mike McMullin, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.